Lis pendens refers to the pending suit and a written notice of a pending suit involving property usually filed in the appropriate office (as a registry of deeds )called also notice of pendency. The control and jurisdiction over the property involved in a pendency suit. A lis pendens is an official, public notice that a property has a pending lawsuit or claim attached to it. It can only be filled if a claim of related specifically to the property however it specifies that the owner of the property must assure any litigation to it Lis pendens is often filed in divorce-related cases whereby the distribution of real estate property has not been settled. It is particularly common in cases where a property is listed in the name of one spouse and the other spouse seeks a portion of the assest.